Holden Barina Gearbox & Transmission Problems

What is causing my 2006 Holden Barina to select a gear but not move?

Answered by CarsGuide 16 Sep 2020

Short of an utter mechanical failure such as a broken driveshaft or snapped gearbox input shaft, I’d say your automatic transmission is at fault. If you can feel the gears being selected (which you say you can) that’s a good start, but if there’s no movement form the car when you apply the throttle, then you could be dealing with anything from a broken gearbox or differential to a simple case of low transmission-fluid level.

Check the owner’s manual for the correct procedure for checking the fluid level and give it a try. If the level’s low, drive can certainly be affected and a top-up might put things right. Beyond that, you need to let a mechanic look at the car.

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Holden Barina 2010: Rattling noise in the gearbox

Answered by CarsGuide 22 Mar 2019

It could be a number of things, bearings being one, but I would suggest you have a mechanic drive it to tell you with more certainty. I doubt you would need a new gearbox.

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Holden Barina 2011: How to check the transmission fluids?

Answered by CarsGuide 15 Feb 2019

You can’t. It’s filled with fluid in the factory and that’s it for the life of the car. If you want it checked or changed an automatic transmission mechanic could do it for you.

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Holden Barina 1999: Is my mechanic at fault for writing it off?

Answered by CarsGuide 1 Jun 2018

He shouldn’t have done anything without disconnecting the battery. The computer is the component that senses a crash situation and moving it has caused it to set off the airbags. My view is that it’s the mechanic’s problem.

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Holden Barina 2009: Transmission and electrical issues

Answered by CarsGuide 3 Mar 2011

I would expect that the issues relating to the air-conditioner and airbags would be covered by the warranty, if you are told that it isn't then kick up a stick. Contact Holden Customer Service on 1800 033 349.

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Holden Barina 2002: Dirty transmission fluid

Answered by CarsGuide 7 Dec 2010

While the carmakers will tell you the transmission is filled for life the old timers in the auto business will tell you otherwise. It’s wise to regularly check the transmission fluid, and change it every 20,000-40,000 km depending on the use. You can leave it longer if it’s being used for normal driving, but if it’s towing it should be changed sooner rather than later. The transmission is working fine and it’s got fresh fluid, so there’s no reason to think there’s a problem on the horizon.

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Holden Barina 2005: Linkage kit installation?

Answered by CarsGuide 28 Apr 2010

Yes, any competent mechanic can do it, there’s no need to have a Holden dealer do the work.

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Holden Barina 2003: Groaning gearbox

Answered by CarsGuide 20 Apr 2010

Yes, it is worth checking. It could just be leaking and need new seals, but it really depends on the rate of the leak. If it’s leaking at a rapid rate you should be able to see oil on your driveway, if it’s not it might just be that you need to check it once a week and top it up as needed. If you are worried take it to your dealer, or an auto transmission specialist.

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Holden Barina 2004: Clunk when changing gears?

Answered by CarsGuide 5 Aug 2004

IT IS possible the clunk will go away. I don't think you're doing damage, but if it's still there when you take it back for the first service, mention it again to your dealer.

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